Jordan Baker, 16, of Hastings, pled not guilty to attempted first–degree murder Monday, as well as use of a weapon to commit a felony, theft and escape. Baker appeared in Lincoln County District Court.
He is the younger of two teenage boys accused of stabbing two employees and stealing a car to escape from the Nebraska Youth Center in North Platte.
Baker stood quiet on the advice of defense attorney Pat Hays, who entered the plea on his behalf. Following that, Hays asked Judge Donald Rowlands to transfer the case to juvenile court.
Rowlands took the request under advisement.
Keenan Lambert, 18, of Miller, is also accused and is scheduled to appear soon in district court.
In other district court action, Aaron Kirts, 30, of North Platte, pled not guilty to burglary, theft, criminal mischief and shoplifting.
Chief Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts–Connick told the court that if Kirts is convicted on one or more charges, she plans to ask the court to designate him a habitual criminal.
Kirts was arrested June 8 after a disturbance at a family party at the Girl Scout cabin on the south side of Lake Maloney. A man, later identified as Kirts, walked through the cabin, dropped several sets of keys and created a disturbance with some of the family members. Deputies were called, contacted Kirts and arrested him for disturbing the peace.
When searching Kirts’ property, deputies found items that did not appear to belong to him, so they contacted the owner of Patmos Camp Ground just north of the Girl Scout cabin. The owner said the items were taken from the cabins and the keys Kirts left at the party came from inside the Patmos building. Kirts was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and theft by taking.
A convict can be designated as habitual if he or she has been convicted of at least two felonies and receives at least one year sentence for each conviction.
The habitual criminal designation carries a sentence of 10–50 years.
Kirts is currently in the county jail on a $50,000 bond.
Kirts’ record shows he was sentenced to the penitentiary in March 2005 for 4–10 years for burglary, felon in possession of a gun and terroristic threats. He was sentenced again in June 2012 for 1–3 years, for theft.
In other district court action Monday, Angela Ball, 28, of North Platte, pled guilty to second-degree forgery.
Defense attorney Patrick Heng asked that she be bound over to drug court and District Judge Richard Birch agreed.
Ball was arrested in July for forging as many as 10 checks at North Platte retailers, totaling nearly $1,300. The checks matched some that were stolen in early July from a 64–year-old man in the 2400 block of North Oak.
Investigation of the checks began July 5 and on July 6 police were called to Famous Footwear where Roxanne Duran, 38, of North Platte tried to return shoes that were bought with one of the stolen checks. Duran was cited for aiding and abetting forgery.
Ball was found and identified. Second-degree forgery is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Ball’s arrest record confirms her problem with drugs, showing several charges of possession of amphetamines as well as probation violations and disturbing the peace.
Alexis Harlow, 19, of North Platte, pled not guilty to being an accessory to a felony by concealing.
Harlow was arrested Aug. 12 in connection with an alleged terroristic knife threat at Lake Maloney four days earlier. Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said Harlow was in a car with suspects Lucas Swarthout and Kayla Wills.
Swarthout allegedly used a large knife to threaten a man who saw them acting suspiciously near his home.
After the threat, Swarthout allegedly gave the knife to Harlow, who put it in her bag and hid the bag in the bushes. A resident found it later and turned in to the sheriff’s office.
Serial bad check writer Renee Deremer, 40, of North Platte, was arraigned by Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch on four counts of writing bad checks. Deremer pled not guilty.
Deremer has a long record of hanging bad paper all over town. Not long after her last stint in court, she did it again. Chief Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts–Connick told the court that bad checks are still rolling in to her office.
Deremer says she suffers from extreme mental illness from an accident. She appeared in court in a wheelchair and seemed to be heavily medicated.
In May, Deremer was in county court facing charges of writing bad checks. At that time, Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo put her on one-year probation and ordered her to pay restitution of $685.68 to Modern Muffler and $106 to Regis Beauty Salon. Piccolo hesitantly put her on probation and warned Deremer that future violations would not be treated so lightly.
Deremer’s record show 16 counts of writing bad checks as well as numerous failures to appear, driving offenses and fugitive from justice. So far, she has five prior convictions for bad checks.